GROUP 7 product Jiye Ellis sparked an early point-scoring onslaught on his way to three tries, as the Illawarra Steelers marched into the SG Ball semi-finals on Saturday.
Ellis scored in the first and 10th minutes, later sealing a 42-18 victory over Western Suburbs with another try in the 27th minute.
The Steelers charged to a 20-nil lead after just 10 minutes at Hammondville Oval at Moorebank, to book their place in the semi-finals.
Fullback Tyson Simpson, who is a Nowra-Bomaderry Jets product, finished with a double, scoring twice in three minutes, while centre Drew Gough, winger Samuel McCann and hooker Jye Richards all contributed to the Steelers’ points tally.
The Steelers will now take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles this Saturday from 1.30pm at the Belmore Sports Ground.
Along with Simpson, other Group 7 products in the team are Blair Grant (Warilla-Lake South), Samuel McCann (Milton-Ulladulla), Tyran Wishart (Gerringong), Tom Harris (Stingrays), Drew Gough (Berry-Shoalahaven Heads) and Jiye Ellis (Albion Park-Oak Flats).
Meanwhile, Illawarra’s Harold Matthews under 16 representative team was beaten 40-30 by Newcastle.
Group 7 products in this team include Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Oliver and Charlie Parrish, Lucas Fletcher, Billy Hayburn and Ky Sims, Gerringong’s Oscar Fitzpatrick, Hamish Holland, Hugo Moore, Oliver Wilbraham and Caleb Pearman, Warilla-Lake South’s Duke Grant, Blake Dowell and Baxter Kane, Milton-Ulladulla’s Lleyton Roach and Albion Park-Oak Flat’s Jack Walsh.